Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 15, 2012

Navajo Nation receives United Nations response on Arizona Snowbowl

Jeneda Benally, Dine', outside Ninth Circuit Court
of Appeals. Photo Save the Peaks.

Navajo Nation receives the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s request to the United States questioning the United States role

By Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
Censored News

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. -- (March 15, 2012) The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission finally received the United Nations response from the Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination around 5 p.m., today. NNHRC articulated reasons why Navajo human rights were violated by Arizona Snowbowl to the United Nations committee in September 2011.

The United Nations CERD chairperson highlighting their previous request of the United States to respond to another indigenous human rights violation, he requested “… about the process by [which the United States of America used] to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples with regard to the [Arizona Snowbowl].”

Said Leonard Gorman for the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, “This is a reassuring message from CERD that the Navajo Nation and her citizens are being heard and cuddled by an international treaty body.”

This is the second international body’s response to the Navajo Nation’s effort about concerns relating to Navajo human rights violations regarding the project to provide artificial snow using reclaimed water on Dook’o’o’sliid (the San Francisco Peaks).

A longer version to this breaking news will be released tomorrow.

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